The Mighty Roar

Medical Support Assistant

District Kangra, India show on map
Learn first hand from fully qualified doctors and nurses in a variety of departments to get a real insight into how the healthcare system in India works. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

Experience a different side to India as you travel to the picturesque town of Palampur, located at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Surrounded by rice fields and tea plantations, this lush green landscape with far reaching views to the snow capped mountains is the perfect place to volunteer.

Are you are a qualified medic or are studying medicine, nursing or physiotherapy? If so, this programme is ideal for gaining practical, varied and an in-depth insight that will provide a greater understanding and appreciation of the challenges faced here.

Working with a number of health institutions, including hospitals, dental clinics and nursing homes, this programme is the perfect way to gain valuable experience to kick-start your career. Some of the places you may volunteer at include Karan Hospital, Goenka Hospital and Kalyan Medical Centre.

Working alongside staff from various departments (whom are all keen to share their experience with you), you will get to be involved in daily procedures like conducting hospital rounds, patient check-ups, assisting with minor tasks, maintaining files and even get to observe critical surgeries and operations.

You will get to spend your time rotating around different departments or if preferred, you can choose to focus your time on one or two particular areas to gain a deeper understanding. We can tailor your rota to suit your particular fields of interest to ensure you make the most of your time here.

Typical day

You will be primarily based in a busy private hospital that has just over 50 beds and a large outpatient department. With 3 surgeries and more minor procedures everyday you will get the opportunity to experience a wide variety of roles.

The activities you get to do on this programme will depend on the particular departments you have chosen to gain experience in, and on the current priorities of the hospital. Typically working 5 days a week, Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 14:00, you will leave with a true understanding of life as a medical professional in India. Some of the departments you can choose to work in, include:

  • In-patients wards
  • The laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology / Imaging
  • Occupational therapy
  • General wards
  • Nursing
  • Obstetrics
  • Gynaecology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Internal medicine
  • General surgery

Details on Arrival

You should land into Kangra Airport, Gaggal Airport (DHM) on your selected start date, being any 2nd or 4th Sunday. Please ensure your flight arrives between 6:30am and 10pm to ensure the airport pickup is included within your fee.

You will be met by one of our local team members or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to the nearby volunteer accommodation for you to settle in.

Free-time activities

You will get to live with other like-minded volunteers where you will feel truly immersed in Indian life. There are plenty of things to do during your free time, such as rooftop yoga classes, badminton, tasting delicious authentic Indian cuisine and exploring the Himalayan countryside.

You can also head further afield and travel to popular towns, including Mcleodganj, Triund and Amrisar where you can visit the Golden Temple.

The hospital cannot ethically allow individuals without the proper experience, education and certifications to actively participate in medical procedures they are not able to conduct. Most interns only observe or help out with very minor tasks.


Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Medical at High School/University level
Required Documents
CV and proof of education
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:30 - 14:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

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The Mighty Roar (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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Fee includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up and registration fee.

Airport Pickup at Gaggal Airport

You should land into Kangra Airport, Gaggal Airport (DHM) on your selected start date, being any 2nd or 4th Sunday. Please ensure your flight arrives between 6:30am and 10pm to ensure the airport pickup is included within your fee.

You will be met by one of our local team members or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to the nearby volunteer accommodation for you to settle in.

The programme ends on a Sunday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day. Our local team will be happy to help organise any onward journeys or book transport back to the airport.

You will be sharing with up to 3 other people with an attached modern en-suite with western style toilet and hot water. The spacious accommodation has plenty of communal areas with a huge front and back garden.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

You will be served with three delicious meals throughout the whole week, which will allow you to experience real Indian cuisine. Meals are aimed to be as varied as possible across the week and you can expect some of the following meals:

Breakfast – Parantha (Indian bread), toast, porridge, eggs, fruit, tea
Lunch – Curries and rice, bread, fruit
Dinner – Roti and rice, lentil curry, vegetables, curries

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport (DHM) in Dharamsala. We assist you to find cheap flights to India.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for India provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in District Kangra/India between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Mighty Roar will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in India.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with The Mighty Roar during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia Southern Asia India  District Kangra, VPO Thakurdwara

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